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Biology AS and A Level at Woodcote High School

Course description

This is the study of living things and can therefore be considered as one of the broadest scientific disciplines. Biology ranges in scale from the molecular, through cells and whole organisms to ecosystems and the whole biosphere. While studying Biology you will have the chance to cover topics such as Ecology, Physiology, Evolution and Genetics. Scientists within this field work with physicists and chemists on new technologies and experimental techniques such as genetic modification and bio imaging. These discoveries and many more in recent months have given us extraordinary new tools for understanding how the living world works. The study of Biology gives students the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills applicable to a great variety of future careers.

Aims of the Course

Students will be encouraged to: 
- Develop an understanding of biological concepts and practical methods 
- Be aware of advances in technology relevant to Biology
- Recognise the value and responsible use of Biology in society 
- Sustain and develop their enjoyment of and interest in Biology

Course content

The following areas are studied in AS Biology (1 year course), or the first year of A Level Biology (2 year course) under the Edexcel Biology A specification.

- Topic 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
- Topic 2: Genes and Health
- Topic 3: Cells, Development and Genes
- Topic 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources

The following areas are studied in the second year of A Level
- Topic 5: Ecology, Global Warming and Evolution
- Topic 6: Forensics, the Immune System and Development of Diseases
- Topic 7: Muscles, Respiration and the Impact of Exercise on the Body
- Topic 8: Nervous System, Development and Progression of Neurological Diseases and Treatment

Assessment

From 2015 practical skills will no longer be assessed through separate coursework; core practicals will be completed throughout the year and can be examined in the summer through the exams. For AS Biology all material taught in the first year will be assessed through two examinations, each 1 hour 30 minutes and worth 50% of the final grade.

A Level Biology will be assessed through three, 2-hour examinations.
- Paper 1: Covering Topics 5 and 6 and some AS content
- Paper 2: Covering topics 7 and 8 and some AS content and
- Paper 3: Covering all AS and A Level topics and including questions on a pre-released article.
All three papers have equal weighting

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woodcote High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2016
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